So You Want to Keep Track of All Your Drone Flights?

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Since I began to learn about drones and fly, I realized one of my main priorities was safety: not only for me, but for anyone nearby. No matter if you are a professional drone pilot developing commercial work or an amateur weekend flyer,

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels.

Since I began to learn about drones and fly, I realized one of my main priorities was safety: not only for me, but for anyone nearby. No matter if you are a professional drone pilot developing commercial work or an amateur weekend flyer, a logbook is an important element to consider to help maintain a safe environment.

We should keep track of our flights as a basic information recording, by logging the essentials. These include drone platform, location, equipment (or upgrades), and the weather conditions.

“Collecting data about your aircraft system will afford you a better understanding of your equipment and can help you mitigate costly failures,” said SUAS News America’s Desk editor Patrick Egan.

“I truly believe that logging each and every one of your flights is an imperative procedure required of any UAV/UAS pilot,” said DSLRPros Customer Experience Team member Clint Wimmer. “It is important to document the preflight checklist conducted prior to the flight, location of the flight, the battery voltage prior to takeoff (craft battery, controller battery, monitor, etc.), number of GPS satellites acquired prior to takeoff, as well as the time of day and current weather conditions during the time of the flight. Software parameters and settings that affect the aircraft’s behavior should be noted. The flight plan and the variety of flight maneuvers should be recorded through a brief explanation and a detailed diagram of the flight. Finally, the total flight time, battery voltage upon landing, and total distance and maximum altitude of the flight path should —> Read More

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